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Prajnaparamita

प्रज्ञा पारमिता

(A short notes on Prajnaparamita)
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Bikramshila Mahabihar
Simhakalpanagar
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Bikram Era 2068, 2012 A.D

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The Sanskrit word Prajnaparamita literally translated signifies this book as
"the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom‖ (Perfect wisdom beyond ordinary
limits / Prajna - प्रज्ञा wisdom and paramita पारमिता perfect or perfection)
Prajnapramita is a central concept in Mahayana Buddhism and its practice
is believed to be the essential elements of the Bodhisattva Path. The
practice of Prajnaparamita is described in the Prajnaparamita Sutras, which
vary widely in length and written by different scholars. Tara and Prajnaparamita are both referred as mother of all Buddha, since Buddha is born
from wisdom.
The Dharma is classified as inferior and superior according to the disciple's
grade. In Buddhism the disciples are being classified into four different
stage of human being for example ordinary men; the stage of sainthood;
Saint and bodhisattvas. In Buddhism, Dharma is referred to the teaching of
Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Noble Path, the three Marks
of Existence, and other guidelines. The main motif is to achieve the
freedom and liberation from suffering and understand the state of mind to
realize the supreme happiness, the natural joy and nirvana. The happiness
is classified as Ananda (Joy), Paramanda (Supreme Joy), Virmananda
(Absence of Joy), and Sahajanand (Natural Joy)
The Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: चत्वारर आर्यसत्र्ानि catvari aryasatyani)
The Four Noble Truths are an important principle in Buddhism, classically
taught by the Buddha in the Dharmacakra Pravartana Sutra.
Four Noble Truths is referred to the state of mind Dukkha (Suffering),
Samudaya (the cause of suffering), Nirodha (free from suffering), Marga (a
way to end suffering). The Four Noble Truths are formulated according to
the ancient medical model as follows: 1) There is an illness
2) The diagnosis – there is a cause of illness
3) There is a possibility of a cure for the illness
4) There is treatment for the illness
(The prescription that can relieves the illness)
The basic teachings of the Four Noble Truths are:
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1) The First Noble Truth: Dukkha
Dukkha usually is translated as suffering. In life, we have illness, poverty,
disease, old age and death. We cannot keep what we like and avoid what
we do not like. It is universal truth that the happiness we do enjoy is
temporary and we do need to suffer.
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2) The Second Noble Truth: Samudaya
The main cause of suffering is desire & illusions which is mainly because of
ignorance. Wanting life, death, pleasure and things all lead to suffering
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3) The Third Noble Truth: Nirodha
Suffering can get stopped if we can get rid of the state of mind, desire,
cravings or hunger. There is a state of mind free from suffering if we can
develop insight into the true nature of phenomena (or reality) and to
eradicate greed, feeling of intense dislike, and delusion (a false belief or
opinion).
4) The Fourth Noble Truth: Marga
There is a way to end suffering, we must end our cravings. The Noble
Eightfold Path is the only noble way that leads to end the suffering (dukkha
or carving) and achieve self-awakening. It is also known as the Middle Path
or Middle Way.
The Eightfold Path
Noble Eightfold Path can only work if a person chooses to apply it to their
lives, and takes full responsibility in following the steps. The Noble
Eightfold Path is a very systematic and methodical approach to solve the
problem of suffering in life, and achieving a state of wisdom, peace and
Nirvana. The programmer first develops character and personality, and then
develops ethical conduct and restraint which promote concentration.
Concentration and mindfulness help make the mind free from ignorance
and blossom into wisdom (access higher knowledge).
Wisdom brings a clear understanding of the truth about how things really
are. This leads craving and desire to end from the mind (detachment) that
brings freedom from suffering and the end of suffering brings Supreme
Happiness. The Noble Eightfold Path describes the teachings as a formula
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which is described in simple steps and includes both physical and mental
treatment for getting a end of suffering. The goal of the Noble Eightfold
Path is to bring a true understanding of the Four Noble Truths and deliver
their ultimate Teaching - the end of suffering. The Path develops character
and personality by showing the way to live a virtuous life, develop wisdom
and finally to attain the highest qualities of a human being and develop the
Buddhahood. This is the ultimate goal of the Eightfold Path and all eight
ways of practice must be followed in order to attain it. The Path is
specifically aimed at developing behavior, mind and knowledge and the
eight steps are divided into those three ways of practice that is Good
Conduct, Mental Development and Wisdom. It is the Noble Eightfold Path
that helps to realize happiness by understanding the Right Speech, Right
Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right
Concentration, Right Attitude and Right View.
Truth is found through the Middle Way by following Eightfold Noble Path as
stated below:
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1) Right Viewpoint or right vision or Understanding
(samyag-dristi, samma-dristi)
Correct thought by avoiding sharp desire - extreme desire to acquire, the
wish to harm others and wrong views (thinking as if the actions have no
effect or say I have no problem so there is no ways to end suffering etc.)
Right view begins with the concept of knowledge with reference to
suffering, its origin, the main cause and the solution to get rid of suffering.
Birth, aging, sickness, death, sorrow, pain, grief, distress, and something
that causes extreme sadness are suffering. Not being able to obtain what
one wants is also suffering.
Wrong view arising from ignorance, is the precondition for wrong intention,
wrong speech, wrong action, wrong livelihood, wrong effort, wrong
awareness of one's own existence (mindfulness), and wrong concentration.
The practitioner should use right effort to leave completely and finally the
wrong view and to enter into right view. Right mindfulness is used to clear
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Ethical conduct is used primarily to facilitate mental purification. samma-samkalpa) Commitment to mental value or expressing moral approval or moral philosophy Correct speech: avoid lying. gentle words and sensibly and meaningful speech. The way leading to the cessation of suffering is the noble eightfold path. right aspiration or the exertion of our own will to change. harsh words and idle talk or rumor and practice speaking truth. right conception. harass speech and idle talk or rumor. right resolve. samma-vaca) The power of speech is a unique gift of man. harass speech (while having difference of opinion do not use harass speech) and idle talk or rumor. If it is abused it can bring ignorance. sorrow.one's path of the majority of unreasonable thinking and confusion. happiness and wisdom. pain. It teaches to avoid lies. aging. lamentation. right liberation. tale bearing. and to grow worse with unreasonable or wrong logic. 5|Page . right view becomes a route to liberation rather than an obstacle. Right Speech is about controlling the abuse of speech and to control the words (while having difference of opinion do not use harass speech).avoid lying. distress. pain and deceit. 2)Right Attitude. Right intention can also be known as right thought. Correct understanding of right view will help the practitioner to discern the differences between right intention and wrong intention. Birth. Speak in a truthful way without harming others.samkalpa. Right intention (samyak . Not being able to obtain what one wants is also suffering. delusion. right conception. Correct understanding of right view will help the practitioner to understand the differences between right intention and wrong intention. In this way. and despair are the different form of suffering. It is a power of speech that helps to bring harmony. death. Ethical conduct is used primarily to facilitate mental purification. right aspiration or the physical and mental effort to change our own will. Right intention. right resolve. (While having difference of opinion do not use harass speech?) Right intention can also be known as right thought. 3) Right speech (samyag-vac. grief. Commitment to mental value or expressing moral approval or moral philosophy and correct speech . sickness.

Right speech deals with the way in which a Buddhist practitioner would best make use of their words. avoid action that would harm others. intoxicants and poison. flesh. abusive speech. fishing. Right Action is concerned with what we do. the practitioner should train oneself to be morally upright in one's activities. Understanding and developing profession and genuine wisdom. cheating and gambling. not acting in ways that would be corrupt or bring harm to oneself or to others. stealing and sexual misconduct. Simple and healthy action. hunting. not to steal or commit adultery) Simple and healthy action. Try to 6|Page . avoid action that would harm others. 4. avoid killing. and teach against cunning. Understanding and developing profession does not harm in any way oneself nor others. avoid action that would harm others. Buddhist Teachings advise against harmful professions such as trading in weapons. Simple and healthy action. avoid action that would harm others. Avoid occupations of soldiering. and to get rid of divisive speech. and lying. Right Action is concerned with what we do. living beings. stealing and sexual misconduct. As such. directly or indirectly (to understand and develop genuine wisdom). speech and actions to understand and develop genuine wisdom. Try to make a living with the above attitude of thought. samma-kammanta) Right action can also be translated as right conduct. speech and actions. Simple and healthy action. does not harm in any way oneself nor others. To understand the Law of Cause and Effect (Not to destroy any life. Understanding and developing profession does not harm in any way oneself nor others. Correct livelihood: try to make a living with the above attitude of thought. productive citizen and bring social and economic progress. samma-ajiva) Right Livelihood shows the way for a person to choose the best way to become a useful. 5) Right Livelihood: (samyag-ajiva. Avoid occupations that bring harm to oneself and others. Right action (samyak-karmanta. avoid killing. avoiding actions that damage ourselves and others. avoiding actions that damage ourselves and others.

Overcome evil and unwholesome states of mind already present 3. samma–vayam) Right effort can also be translated as right endeavor or try to do seriously or continually. quiet. either directly or indirectly. samma-sati) The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention. a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. result in harm for other living beings.Perseverance) 7. Cause good and wholesome states of mind not yet present to arise 4. Avoid occupations that bring harm to oneself and others. and alert. Develop and perfect such states of mind already present Try again and again to make an effort to improve the belief (To continue a joyful belief even though it is difficult . it is achieved through training in the higher consciousness which brings the calm and collectedness needed to develop true wisdom by direct experience. Samadhi: Samadhi is literally translated as mental concentration. speech and actions to understand and develop genuine wisdom. and deeds. without a thought for the difficulty or causing you to feel tired. to look carefully at the present 7|Page . words. The practitioner should instead be persisting in giving rise to what would be good and useful to themselves and others in their thoughts. (The following last three aspects refer mainly to the practice of meditation) 6) Right Effort: (samyag-vyayama. In this factor. Avoid evil and unwholesome states of mind from arising 2. In the practice of right mindfulness the mind is trained to remain in the present. and deeds. Right Effort is earnestly doing one's best in the right direction which is fourfold.make a living with the above attitude of thought. the practitioners should make a persisting effort to abandon all the wrong and harmful thoughts. This means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which. open. Right mindfulness (samyak-smṛti. 1. words.

contemplating the present event. nor as the practitioner wants them to be. Right Concentration is a development of this attention. Mental ability to see things with clear knowledge or the sense of one's personal or collective identity or awareness. samyak-samadhi. enabling to develop the mind that brings the strengths and freedoms including the clarity of mind and calmness to stay on the path of Good Conduct.event. but as they truly are. try to be aware of the "here and now" instead of "there and then" 8|Page . Here. quiet. mental feelings and thoughts etc. Mental ability to see things with clear knowledge or the sense of one's personal or collective identity or awareness. samma-samadhi Right knowledge is seeing things as they really are by direct experience. mental feelings and thoughts etc. right awareness or right attention. try to be aware of the "here and now" instead of "there and then" 8) Right Meditation or Mindfulness. and alert. All judgments and interpretations have to be suspended. The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention. or if they occur. open. making sure not to act or speak due to inattention or forgetfulness. Right Concentration is a development of this attention. They should be mindful and deliberate. just registered and dropped. not as they appear to be. Right Mindfulness focuses us on the truth about what is happening in the body. just registered and dropped. In the practice of right mindfulness the mind is trained to remain in the present. Right mindfulness also translated as right memory. Right Mindfulness focuses us on the truth about what is happening in the body. practitioners should constantly keep their minds alert to phenomena that affect the body and mind. a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. All judgments and interpretations have to be suspended. enabling to develop the mind that brings the strengths and freedoms including the clarity of mind and excited to stay on the path of Good Conduct. or if they occur.

In the process right knowledge will arise. The eightfold Path is the teachings of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. This leads to cutting off the unclean thoughts by realizing the dharma and. concentration Samadhi is literally translated as "concentration". clear sight and the ego disappear which leads to the stage of enlightenment and the ego gets disappear. the practitioner will need to investigate and verify their right view. Samadhi: mental discipline. To realize the true nature of things the mind need to be steady and calm. the practice of samadhi can be developed through mindfulness of breathing (anapanasati). Jhana is an instrument used for developing wisdom by cultivating insight and using it to examine true nature of phenomena with understanding and activities of thinking. followed by right liberation. The practice of developing Right View is to distinguishing between right and wrong.Correct concentration: to keep a steady. Traditionally. Prajnaparamita Sutra is believed to be the highest form of Buddhist teaching. The last to arise is right liberation: this is where selfawakening occurs and the practitioner has reached the pinnacle of their practice. calm and attentive state of mind (universal emptiness) or the Natural Joy. which arise during the practice of right concentration. The way to the end of suffering is to choose middle path by 9|Page . The first to arise is right knowledge: this is where deep insight into the ultimate reality arises. finally self-awakening. good and bad that leads to a complete understanding of the Four Noble Truths. During the practice of right concentration. meditation. which brings the calm and confidence needed to develop true wisdom by direct experience. and through repetition of phrases (mantra). These two factors are the end result of correctly practicing the noble eightfold path. it is achieved through training in the higher consciousness. Samadhi is used to suppress the different kinds of confusion of mind to get enter into jhana. Right View is free from delusion and ignorance and moves very easily into deep wisdom. through visual objects (kasina).

The practice of developing Right View is to distinguishing between right and wrong. These two factors are the end result of correctly practicing the noble eightfold path. sensations. not as they appear to be. which arise during the practice of right concentration. Buddhism has always been concerned with feelings. The last to arise is right liberation: this is where selfawakening occurs and the practitioner has reached the pinnacle of their practice. Correct concentration: to keep a steady.balancing the luxury and hardship. Right View is free from delusion and ignorance and moves very easily into deep wisdom. The conscious mental activities are the main cause of ignorance related to the things truly occurs.Right liberation. Right Mindfulness focuses us on the truth about what is happening in the body. Right Concentration is a development of this attention. The emotional cause is desire and a strong feeling of not liking something. try to be aware of the "here and now" instead of "there and then". believed to be the highest form of Buddhist teaching. impermanent. The way leading to stop or make an end to the suffering is the noble eightfold path. emotions. good and bad that leads to a complete understanding of the Four Noble Truths. To realize the true nature of things the mind need to be steady and cal. Right knowledge is seeing things as they really are by direct experience. and mental processes. Mental ability to see things with clear knowledge or the sense of one's personal or collective identity or awareness. utilizing the minimum requirements to have the livelihood. and without essential self. enabling to develop the mind that brings the strengths and freedoms including the clarity of mind and calmness to stay on the path of Good Conduct. The . 10 | P a g e . The first to arise is right knowledge: this is where deep insight into the ultimate reality arises. clear sight and the ego disappear which leads to the stage of enlightenment and the ego gets disappear. calm and attentive state of mind (universal emptiness) or the Natural Joy. or three marks of existence: that all things are unsatisfactory. A result of Right Knowledge is the tenth factor . mental feelings and thoughts etc. nor as the practitioner wants them to be. but as they truly are.

Mental Development and Wisdom. but all known existent images date from 800 or later. develop wisdom and finally to attain the highest qualities of a human being and develop the Buddhahood. utilizing the minimum requirements to have the livelihood. The programmer first develops character and personality and then develops ethical conduct and restraint which promote concentration. The Path develops character and personality by showing the way to live a virtuous life. The eightfold Path is the teachings of the Prajnaparamita Sutra. choosing and balancing the luxury and hardship is the treatment for the problem of suffering in our lives. mind and knowledge and the eight steps are divided into those three ways of practice. The Noble Eightfold Path is a very systematic and methodical approach to solve the problem of suffering in life. This leads craving and desire to end from the mind (detachment) that brings freedom from suffering and the end of suffering brings Supreme Happiness. Buddhist scholars agree that 11 | P a g e . Concentration and mindfulness help make the mind free from ignorance and blossom into wisdom (access higher knowledge). Noble Eightfold Path can only work if a person chooses to apply it to their lives.way to end the suffering is to choose middle path by balancing the luxury and hardship. which are Good Conduct. The Path is specifically aimed at developing behavior. and takes full responsibility in following the steps. The goal of the Noble Eightfold Path is to bring a true understanding of the Four Noble Truths and deliver their ultimate Teaching . Prajnaparamita Sutra is believed to be the highest form of Buddhist teaching. Wisdom brings a clear under-standing of the truth about how things really are.the end of suffering. peace and Nirvana. The Chinese traveler Faxian described images of Prajnaparamita in India as early as 400 BC. Middle Path. Prajnaparamita has been the subject of controversy since long and scholars are not able to trace its origin. and achieving a state of wisdom. The Noble Eightfold Path describes the teachings as a formula which is described in simple steps and includes both physical and mental treatment for getting a end of suffering. This is the ultimate goal of the Eightfold Path and all eight ways of practice must be followed in order to attain it.

The Reiyukai University. .000 lines) 3) 300 A. the Chinese scholar after completing his study (645 A. – Basic text elaboration: this period is characterized by the formation and composition of the basic text. to 100 A. . Conze: The Prajnaparamita Literature.000 lines) c) Ashtadashashasrika Sutra (18. Scholars distinguish the developments of the writing of the Prajnaparamita manuscript into four different phases: .D.) in India brought with him some of the manuscript and started translating 12 | P a g e . .Prajnaparamita sutras represent the earliest layer of Mahayana sutra literature. (Edward. The oldest text in this period is the Astashasrika Sutra or the Prajnaparamita in Eight Thousand Verses.D to 500 A. Diamond Sutra (300 stanzas) also known as Vajrachedika Prajnaparamita Sutra is widely used and is also popularly known as ―portable editions‖ of Prajnaparamita. .D –This period is characterized by the restatement of the basic ideas in short sutras having verified and summaries.000 line) b) Panchavimshasrika Sutra (25.C.D. 1) 100 B. . evidences of magical elements in the sutras and their usage.D. . Adhyardhashatika Prajnaparamita Sutra (150 verses). The circulations of the Prajnaparamita Sutra involved in three phases: a) Memorization of the basic text b) Systematic updating c) Interpretations that made the text live for succeeding generation.This period is characterized by the influence of the tantras. Tokyo 1978) Hsuan-tsang. 4) 500 AD to 1200 A. 2) 100 A D to 300 A D – In this period the basic text are being expanded including these three manuscripts were made: a) Shatasahasrika (100. The Diamond Sutra (300 stanzas) also known as Vajrachedika Prajnaparamita Sutra and the Hridaya Prajnaparamita Sutra (Heart Sutra with 14 and 25 verses) belong to this period.

2. Most of the manuscripts are in Sanskrit and are being originated and copied in Nepal. Pancasatika. B. (Edward. Bulletin of the School of Oriental & African Studies:–University of London Vol. Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita having Eight Thousand Verse is believed to be the oldest form of Prajnaparamita which is has been translated into Chinese language in 100 B. 14. It is a collection of the sixteen sermons – Dharma-deshana in four different places.C. The way to the end of suffering is to choose middle path by balancing the luxury and hardship. a) Vulture Peak b) in Anathapindada‘s Park at Sravasti c) in Paranirmita vasavartin the abode of Gods and d) at the Snowy Heron Pond in the Bamboo Park near Rajgriha. utilizing the minimum requirements to have the livelihood. He also translated ―The Great Prajnaparamita Text (worked between 659 and 663). Hodgson collected Prajnaparamita from Nepal (1830 – 1840) written in Sanskrit was the first collection of its kind brought to Europe.H. Conze: The Composition of the Astashasrika Prajnaparamita. Sardhadvisahasrika.them into Chinese language.1952). Astadasasahasrika. the Diamond Sutra or Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra 2) Pancasatika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 500 lines 3) Saptasatika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 700 line the Bodhisattva Manjushree‘s Exposition of Prajnaparamita 4) Sardhadvisahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 2500 lines from the questions of Suvikranta vikramin Bodhisattva 5) Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 8000 lines 13 | P a g e . Truth is found through the Middle Way by following Eightfold Noble Path stated below: The Trisatika. Pancavimsatisahasrika and Satasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra 1) Trisatika Prajnaparamita Sutra 300 lines. Saptasatika. Astasahasrika.No.

000 line) and Satasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (100. while Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra (8000 lines) does not have any sect. who had been guarding them at the bottom of the ocean. (Williams.paramita Sutra (25. In Vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism. thunderbolt (symbolizing the emptiness. King of Nagas. the hands in the teaching gesture (dharmachakra . or bowl (renunciation of material goods being a prerequisite to obtain wisdom).vajra). Images of Prajnaparamita deity are found throughout Southeast Asia. Some of 14 | P a g e . Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajn.mudra) holding a Lotus and a book. Paul. Conclusion: Prajnaparamita teachings are held by some Tibetan Buddhists to have been conferred upon Nagarjuna by Nag raja.000 lines 7) Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 25. The oldest image of Prajnaparamita found until to-day is the stone sculpture from Sing sari. Tantric versions of the Prajnaparamita literature were produced from the year 500 CE. According to Joseph Walser.000 lines Maha Prajnaparamita Sutra . sword (to clean ignorance). Tantric versions of the Prajnaparamita literature were believed to have been in practiced as early as 500 AD. (Credit: Courtesy of the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde.000 lines 8) Satasahasrika Prajnaparamita: 100. East Java kept in the Pusat Museum that belong to thirteenth Century (13th Century).6) Astadasasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra: 18. she is described as the female consort of Adi-Buddha (first Buddha). The image found in Nepal has four hand holding rosary. Netherland) She is usually represented in yellow or white colour. Nepal and Tibet. Leiden.000 lines) have a connection with Dharmaguptaka sect. Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations 2008) The Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hridaya in 14 line & 25 line) and Diamond Sutra (300 stanzas) are renowned throughout the world and have been translated into many languages and often been commented upon by scholars. with one head and two arms (sometimes more).

Bangladesh. Tibet. There are Prajnaparamita also written in other languages found in many South Asian Countries.Page 102) There are many Vihars in and around Kathmandu Valley where they do have collections of Buddhist manuscripts written by different scholars and are displayed during the holy month GUNLA . India. Dinesh Chandra. Cambodia.From the collection of Indian Art Museum. There are more Prajnaparamita manuscripts in other languages found in many South Asian Countries Tibet. Sumatra. 15 | P a g e . There is Prajnaparamita manuscript also in the collection of National Achieve as well in Asha Saphu Kuthi. The following two collections are very important and authentic. but most of the Scholars do believe the one from Sri Lanka is the oldest and is called the authentic collection as it is written in Pali script. Thailand. Vietnam. China. China. (Asha Archives). –--. In addition to these. Purlekhana Paricaya VS 2048/ 1991 (Nepalese Paleography . Berlin Dr. there is also other Prajnaparamita sutras such as the Heart Sutra (Prajnaparamita Hridaya). Korea. Kaiser Library and . which exists in both 14-line and 25-line versions. Japan. Regarding the shorter texts. Sri Lanka. India. Edward Conze in his book "The Short Prajnaparamita Texts . Both have been translated into many languages and have often been commented upon. Myanmar. Java.the ancient manuscripts are in the collection of Museums around the world. Myanmar. highlights the origin of Ranjana Script from India. Vietnam. Cambodia. Regmi. The Heart Sutra (smallest of its kind having only 14 Stanza in Sanskrit) is in New York Museum and the Perfection of wisdom in Tibetan Script (having 8. Hong Kong. Most of the Scholars are of the opium that the oldest and authentic one is from Sri Lanka. Bali.August / September. Hong Kong. Thailand. and Bangladesh. Korea. according to merit the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra are renowned throughout the world.1973" writes. Bali. Sumatra. and Sri Lanka.in Nepali . Java. The oldest Prajnaparamita manuscript (written during the period of Manipaldeva the king of Bengal 1020 AD) from the collection of Cambridge University is written in Ranjana script. (Pali is the oldest script among other used in Buddhist Text).000 stanzas / shloka) from Copenhagen Royal Library. Japan.

perching. Thambahil signify it to be the monastery of high significance and pride. copying the religious text. Bahi is the old form of Nepalese monastery usually located in a peaceful place far from the city settlement and are made in a plinth little above the level of the ground and are constructed in a very simple form. Most of those collections are in small version/ volume but the one in Vikramshila Mahavihar. as a teaching institute. Kathmandu page 6) Vikramshila Mahavihar (Simhakalpanagar. Bibliotheca Himalayan Series 2. 1970 Medieval Nepal: Colophons and inscriptions.The Traditional Architecture of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu). Vaidya. Thambhi.(Korn. 1976 . Thamel Kathmandu. still lots of real facts are missing. Prajnaparamita from Patan. 16 | P a g e . After the introduction of Vajrayan cult a new kind of monastery known as bahal were constructed (with some lavish decoration) in the city settlement to accommodate the married monks living together with their family. Thamel sounds to be more authentic and has more Stanzas (shlokas) and is nicely written with real golden ink (dated 344 NS / 1233 AD). Rudra Varna Mahavihar is dated 216 NS/ 1105 AD and from Hiranya Varna Mahabihar is dated 336 NS / 1225 AD (Hem Raj Sakya and T.R. Ratna Pustak Bhandar. Some of the travel records made by scholars from India. Simhakalpanagar denotes it as a separate city or town. The Saharsha Prajnaparamita a rare collection of four volumes of highest Buddhist manuscript in this temple complex has a close relationship with Manjushree. The legendary Caravan to Lhasa leaded by Simhala Sarthbaha also does have main historical significance to its establishment. boarding for the students and shelter for the visiting monks. Simhakalpanagar is the ancient name of Bhagwan Bahal. Originally Bahis were designed as a place for training. Wolfgang. Tibet and China also did mention about the glory of this temple during the 11th and 13th century. Mahavihar signify it to be a higher teaching institute same as a University.National Library in Nepal. Thambahi) Vikramshila Mahavihar. The oldest available document related to this temple is of the visits of Pundit Atisa from India in the early 11th century (1041 AD) .

42 AD. as we are left with few documents. The first historical important evidence of Than Bahi is the visit of Pundit Atisha Shrijana (982. . Swayambhu Puran is one of the oldest manuscripts narrating the story of the evolution of Kathmandu Valley. Manjushree Bodhisattva is believed to have visited this place and meditated in Phulchoki (Phullichho) and Jamachho (Jatamatroccho). Kanakmuni Bodhisattva is believed to have thrown a lotus seed in the lake. According to the legend Kathmandu Valley was a lake surrounded by mountains. (Chovar being the only exit for all rivers in Kathmandu Valley and the black soil found everywhere in Kathmandu Valley does testify it to be a lake earlier). He is believed to have drained the valley by cutting the edge of the hill with the divine sword. On his way to Tibet he spent one year in Nepal (1041 . most of his time was spent in Than Bahi and is believed to have studied the Buddhist philosophy and has written books in Sanskrit.42).1054) and spent one year studying Buddhist philosophy during 1041 . Manjushree is the Bodhisattva of Divine wisdom representing the infinite and eternal wisdom of Buddha. The legendary Caravan to Lhasa leaded by Simhala Sarthbaha also does have main historical significance to its establishment. 17 | P a g e . still lots of real facts are missing. A big lotus with thousand leaves blossomed in the center of lake that attracted visitors from around the globe. He was the head pundit (Principal) of Nalanda University and was invited by Tibetan king to visit Tibet to teach and revive Buddhism. Some of the travel record made by scholars from India Tibet and China also did mention about the glory of this temple during 11th and 13th century.In this short article I am trying my best effort to high light some facts to make understand a common reader about this ancient temple complex: lots of investigation and research need to be conduct to identify its past glory. Manjushree holds a sword in his right hand and a book of perfection (Prajnaparamita) in the left hand. (But the name of Prajnaparamita is not mentioned by Atisha) The Saharsha Prajnaparamita a rare collection of four volume of highest Buddhist manuscript in this temple complex has a close relationship with Manjushree.

1976 (Text by Purnaharsha Vajracharya). Ratna Pustak Bhandar. which clearly indicates the high importance of Thambahi and the similarity of the name Vikramshila indicates the name might have been given by him. Almost all Vihars in and around Kathmandu valley are being managed by the community of priest family either by Bajracharya or Sakya (Gristha Bhishu) family but this Vihar is exceptional where Pradhan family do control the management to run the day to day activities as well as various rituals during festivals. . and chaitya in the Buddhist temple. The brick paving and the restoration of the temple complex in Thambahi was done by Hari Simha during the reign of king Parthivendra Malla is also mentioned in one of the stone inscription kept in National Archive (The stone inscription no.173). Sanker Man 2027 VS in Kantipur Silalekh Suchi published by HMG National Archive page 125. India is believed to visit Nepal for advance study in Buddhism and Sanskrit in the early 13th Century. Both the Hindu as well as Buddhist temple has Gaju (the roof top) a kalash (water Pot) design but the main shrine of Thambahi has a chaitya and a metallic mirror on the roof. the semicircular wood archive kept in the main entrance of the temple. A historical evidence of the restoration of the temple in 408NS/1287AD by Hari Singh during the resign of king Parthvendra Mall is being mentioned in the Toran. Recent Archeological excavation in Nalanda got a new light about the existence of Vikramshila Vihar as one of the old teaching institution for higher study in Buddhism in the early first century BC.Darmashri Mitra. Traditional Architecture of Kathmandu Valley: by Wolfgang Korn. a new Toran is kept now as a replacement). Nalanda. We see Gaju on the roof tops of the religious buildings and temples. A banner of . Rajvamsi. a renowned scholar from Vikramshila Vihar. who believe themselves as the descendants of Simhala Sarthabaha. 18 | P a g e . He did study in Thambahi. Simhala Sarthabaha is believed to have established Bhagwan Bahal and the entire daily rituals and activities during the festival are being controlled by the Pradhan family from Thamel. (It did have nice carvings of the image of Prajnaparamita which was stolen some 40 years ago.

white cloth along with a metallic belt hangs down from the metallic mirror (Lucke. (27 lines in one page . being used during rituals in Sweat Bhairav temple in Hanumandhoka There are 54. This is a legend but we have no evidence regarding how long it did took to write all the four volume. Some people used to speak to have seen a manuscript having more similarity in script. found the auspicious moment already passed and was laminating. Karunamaya 1986 p 474) Saharsha Prajnaparamita The four volume of Saharsha Prajnaparamita manuscript in the collection of Thambahi is dated Nepal Sambat 344 Margasira Pratipada (1223 AD) is believed to have written by Jinashri Jnana and started by Manjushree.864 total lines in the four Volumes. Jinashri is supposed to get inspired by Manjushree and found an auspicious moment to start writing the manuscript. IV).nine lines in three rows) four volume containing 2032 page (517 pages in Vol. Manjushree is believed to have started writing the first three pages with his finger.000 stanza. III and 497 in Vol. II. Tibetans did invade the temple and looted one volume which was recovered by the army and was deposited in Hanumandhoka Palace during King Pratap Mall‘s period. We have no idea regarding the total number of pages in the missing volume kept in Hanumandhoka. When he woke up. The date NS 344 (1223 AD) might be the date it was completed or the date mentioned by someone else? King Pratap Mall and Queen Lalmati after visiting this temple wrote three stanzas appreciating the holy manuscript Prajnaparamita. 506 in Vol. 512 in Vol. 19 | P a g e . (NS 780 /1658AD) Pandit Hemraj Sakya in his Nepal Sanskritya Mulukha 1969 (Main entrance of the culture of Nepal) did mentioned this manuscript as Laksavati Prajnaparamita. Manjushree came forward and instructed him to start writing without any disturbances as he has already started writing from the auspicious moment. (The first three pages do have big script different than the remaining page).1. John K. but felt asleep. It is believed that there were in total five volumes of Manuscripts. this clearly indicate to have 100.

(Now a day‘s one can easily see it on paying fee that is used for the temple expenses). This does not happen if we have eight lines with three rows even though nine lines with four rows do fulfill these criteria but the size do not look nice. During GUNLAA.If we guess 500 pages in the missing volume it will add 13. The size of the page is rectangular nine inches by eighteen inches written in real golden ink. the Buddhist holy months (ninth months of Lunar Calendar) the four volumes are given to the Bajracharya of four renowned Vihars of Kathmandu to recite from top to bottom and are paid for doing so. Many devotees from China. it is mentioned that 600 years after Buddha a great scholar Manjushree will be born to get a new renaissance of Buddhist thoughts. which looks like a print rather than a hand written manuscript as the character looks uniform and looking at the nice and bright prints. Sharada Mandir Kashi 2003 20 | P a g e . Tibet. . It is very interesting facts about numerology in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology that number nine plays a vital role.364 lines. it is hard to believe it being written long ago. adding two and seven makes nine so each and every volume also do have the same count ending with nine. the main religious Text of Mahayan Buddhism. This used to be the only time when the manuscript is able to be view by public. this is clearly understood in the layout of the page with three row containing nine lines totaling twenty seven lines. During the last day of the display of the manuscript the National (Royal) Kumari from Hanumandhoka is being carried on a chariot to Thambhil for viewing the manuscript and the head Priest from Hanumandhoka used to recite few lines from the first page and the last page in the presence of Kumari marking the end of reciting the holy manuscript Prajnaparamita. Manjushree: Legendary or Historical? In the first chapter of Kalachakra Tantra.500 lines making total 68. India. (Boudha Darshan by Baldev Upaddhaya. Sikkim and Bhutan come visit Thambahi to pay to view and pay respect to this holy manuscript as it is believed to have written by the divine lord of learning Manjushree. this clearly indicates Manjushree to belong to the First century AD.

Edward Conze in his book ―The Prajnaparamita Literature‖ (Manton The Hague 1960) did mention that Jianmitra did translate this text in Tibetan language during the early 9th century. When he woke up. found the auspicious moment already passed and was laminating. being written by Jianshri indicates another historical Manjushree to belong to the thirteen century (Jianshri was the disciple of Manjushree). 21 | P a g e . This clearly indicates Jianshree to belong to the ninth century signifying his teacher Manjushree also to belong to this period.000 verses 12 volumes in the Tibetan language) has been translated in ninth century by Jianshree Mitra. The holy Satashasrika Pranjaparamita (100. The date 1223 AD/ 344 NS mentioned at the end of the Prajnaparamita manuscript from Vikramshila Mahavihar testify another historical Manjushree (a monk from Nalanda University. India) the teacher of Jinashri to belong to the 13th century. He felt asleep by the time and Manjushree is believed to start writing the first three pages with his finger. Subrenbodieg and Tibetan Monk Ye-Se-sde. Teacher of Jianmitra (Jinashri 9th Century) and teacher of Jinashri (from the Prajna-paramita manuscript written in the 13th Century). This is a legend . a scholar and Monk from India (1st Century). The Buddhist text Saddharma Pundarika. Same quote is also given in Maryada No. is also written by a Buddhist Monk named Manjushree during the first century (Legendary History of Kathmandu by John Luck page 412) and Late Bhuvan Lal Pradhan also did mention the legendary Manjushree belong to the first century in the article ―Manjushree Legendary or historical‖ published in Nepali (Gorkhapatra 2048/2/11). The date 344 NS (1223AD) mentioned at the end of the manuscript from Bhagwan Bahal. 13 pages 69-71).page 454 – 55. (The first three pages do have big script different than the remaining page). Manjushree came forward and instructed him to start writing without any disturbances as he has already started writing from the auspicious moment. Jinashri is believed to have inspired from his teacher Manjushree and found an auspicious moment to start writing the manuscript. (Bibliotheca Indica 19021913).There is some confusion regarding the legendary and three historical Manjushree (The legendary Manjushree from Mahachin (China).

Mahinda. 22 | P a g e . The Jatakas so constituted were carried to Ceylon in the Pali language. the son of Asoka (in some text he is called on as the brother of Asoka).000 Stanza--Pundit Hem Raj Sakya. Nepal Sanskritya Mulukha 1969 (Main entrance of the culture of Nepal) We have no idea regarding the total page in the missing volume kept in Hanumandhoka).but we have no evidence regarding how long it did took to write all the four volume. and retold into its present form in Ceylon in the fifth century AD in the Pali text has been edited by Prof. the story of the previous birth of Buddha is the oldest.The Story of the linage. but may be taken provisionally as about 250 B. when Buddhism was first introduced into that island (a date that is not quite certain. Fah-hian who visited Abhayagiri in Sri Lanka (412 AD) recorded 500 representations of Bodhisattva in successive births.C. and the whole tales were translated into the Singhalese language. The date 1223 AD / 344 NS mentioned at the end of the manuscript might be the date it was completed or the date mentioned by someone else? King Pratap Mall and Queen Lalmati after visiting this temple (NS 780/ 1658 AD) during the festival did wrote three stanzas appreciating the holy manuscript Satashariska Prajnaparamita (Meaning 100. V. the five hundred and fifty Jatakas being contained in the twenty-two Nipatas. most complete. The Jataka Atthavannand.). The Jataka Tales (Stories of the Buddha's Former Births) Jataka (Buddhist Birth Stories . and most important collection of folk-lore which contains a record of the everyday life. is believed to have collected 550 Jataka stories in Pali which were composed by the time of the council of Patna (held in about 250 BC). A Jataka Book is also found in the Anguttara Nikdya and in the Saddharma Pundarika.Jataka Tales). and everyday thoughts of the people. Fausboll of Copenhagen in . is previously belonging to the third or fourth century BC. (The Commentarial Introduction entitled Nidana Katha . Translated from Pali text by Prof. The memoirs of the famous Chinese traveler. Fausboll).

1967. which is mentioned in several early texts such as Nidana-katha and the Jatakatthakatha. p.Iwamoto. Bukkyo Setsuwa Kenkyu Josetsu (Kyoto: Hozokan.1877-96 which is translated into English language by Edward Cowell (Cambridge. the aśvarāja ‗king of horses‘. 1895-1907) is the oldest collection of the Jataka Tales. the number of Jataka stories could also be more or a little less. Thus. In the 16th chapter of Gunakarandavyaha Simhsarthabahu is mentioned as one of the previous lives of Buddha and in one the Jataka Stories the name of the leader of the group of merchant is mentioned as Simhala who was the only member to get back to the other shore. Similarly some stories are repeated with the same name or with another. Simhala is crowned king and invades the island.K. /A. have been arranged. First published in 1895-1907) The Sanskrit version of the Simhala story in the Gunakdrandavyuh as found in Y. Simhala. The Pali Jatakas and the Sanskrit Divyavadana ("heavenly stories") along with a sixteenth-century Sanskrit text Gunakdrandavyiha. Cowell. the stories of Buddha‘s previous life. 65). The Simhala story continues this narrative to include the chief merchant.247-94. The flying white horse is called Balaha in Jataka. edited by E. vol. being followed home by demons. pp. B. The story of the horse Balaha was immortalized in stone at the Angkor monument of Neak Pean during the 12th century CE. who tries to get him back before seducing and eating the king. devoted to Avalokiteswora narrates the story of The Flying White Horse and help made to rescue the five hundred merchants from the captivity of the Raksasi. (The Jataka: Stories of the Buddha's Former Births -The Goblin City page 164/165. the horse is presented as an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteswora.3. In the Karandavyuha Sutra. "Who Needs Folklore? The Relevance of Oral 23 | P a g e . The 547 Jatakas do not include the Mahagovinda Jataka. (Khmer Mythology by Vittorio Roveda.Ramanujan. 1 . The Asvaraja story relates the adventures of a caravan of merchants shipwrecked on an island of demons and rescued by a flying horse.

1874) and on one side of a pillar in a Buddhist railing at Mathura. 1863) In all Jatakas from India. Sri Lanka. then later returns to the island to conquer it. is a flying horse with people clinging to it (Anderson. which may be related to Ravana‘s Asoka Garden as mentioned in the Ramayana. 17 of Ajanta Cave mention the story of Bhalaha horse as a form of Avalokiteswora helping the group of merchants from the Rakshisis. is mentioned and the story ends with the only member. He is shipwrecked along with his men on an island on which ogresses appear as beautiful women. Another name. London. 65) The mural paintings in Cave no.1. The prince escapes on a flying horse.: The Ajanta Caves) 24 | P a g e . (Buddhism in Tibet by Emil Schlagintweit. Journal of the Pali Society 1888) from The Goblin City (Valahassa Jataka by Francis & Thomas page 189). Leide. the story of the rescue of five hundred merchants from the captive of Rakshasi by White Flying Horse. Benoy K. The story of the white flying horse is illustrated on the bas-reliefs of the temple of Borobudur in Java (Leemans. Catalogue of the Indian Museum. Indonesia. One painting from Ajanta cave shows the pastimes of Prince Simhala‘s journey to Sri Lanka. the leader able to get back home safely leaving behind all other members under the captive of the Rakshasi but there is nothing mentioned about the Leader of the Legendary Caravan. Borobudur. but who eat their victims. 1990) Hiuen Tsiang learned that Sri Lanka was known by several different names . China.Traditions to South Asian Studies‖. was derived from the name of the legendary founder and first king of the island. Silangiri and the Sorrow less Kingdom. (See Khmer Mythology by Vittorio Roveda. South Asia Occasional Papers (University of Hawaii Vol. Vietnam. (Behl. Japan. Simhala. p. Leipzig.Ratnadipa "because of the precious gems found there". Tibet. The story of the horse Balaha was immortalized in stone at the Angkor monument of Neak Pean (an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Cambodia) during the 12th century CE. as the Devine Lord Avalokiteswara. page 389.

The mural paintings in Cave no. and stayed here for fifteen years (629-645 AD). The Valahassa Jataka. 17 has the largest number of paintings and murals than any of the other caves.1981. In this tale the five hundred merchant are called on as the disciples of Sakyamuni and the white flying horse as Bodhisattva.128) 25 | P a g e . In the tale the name of the island is mentioned as Ceylon city of Cannibalistic demons. but who eat their victims. (The Cave Temples of India: by James Burgess and James Fergusson. Ajanta Cave No. (The Flying White Horse: Transmission of the Valāhassa Jataka Imagery from India to Japan by Julia Meech-Pekarik. It also contains more murals than any of the others.P. The name of the country of the five hundred merchant and the name of the leader are not mentioned. Article Published in Artibus Asiae Publishers Volume 49 n. as it is known in Pali. (Ajanta: Monumental Legacy by A. After a gap of twenty-five years. 1) Valahassa Jataka in Japanese Literature. then later returns to the island to conquer it. page 111. The prince escapes on a flying horse. the tale is known as Kannon-kyo (Kannon Sutra) in Japanese literature. James Fergusson presented a paper at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 1843. A Japanese scroll painting belonging to the 13th century illustrating the Valahassa Jataka is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1819 British officers of the Madras Army made a discovery of this magnificent site. This is the first scholarly study of the site which drew the global attention. did not mention about Ajanta cave. They named it Ajanta after the name of the nearest village.In the travel account of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang. One painting shows the pastimes of Prince Simhala‘s journey to Sri Lanka. was transmitted across Asia from India to Japan. He is shipwrecked along with his men on an island on which ogresses appear as beautiful women. who visited India in the seventh century A. 17 of Ajanta Cave mention the story of Bhalaha horse as a form of Avalokiteswora helping the group of merchants from the Rakshisis. D. 1895) . Jamkhedkar). 1-2 .

published in 1888). by W. translated from Pali. The Goblin City page 164-166 published by Cambridge University Press in 1916 and in The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha. (The Jataka: Vol.D. No. The chief of the traders got noticed the ladies as man eater goblins so he did request all member to flee from the city (Ceylon). there was on the island of Lanka a goblin town called Sirisavatthu that was the home of she-goblins.2) The Valahassa Jataka --. 3) Jataka Tale Translated from the Pali Literature (Dukanipata) In the Valahassa Jataka (No. The same story is repeated by E J Thomas in his book Jataka Tales (No. 1895. In the history of Tibet called Rgyal-rabs-gsal-vai-me-lon (The mirror illustrating the lineage of the kings) Valahassa Jataka is mentioned in the sixth chapter. We find the story of a group of five hundred shipwrecked traders being rescued by five hundred shegoblins disguised as pretty nice looking young ladies. Wenzel.196) the island Tambannidipa and Sirisavatthu is mentioned as a Yakkha city peopled by Yakkhinís who used to eat human flesh. Same story is mentioned in Jataka: The 26 | P a g e . This is how the Jataka story ends with the rescue help made to the group of merchants by the flying white horse Balaha as one of the Buddha‘s previous life. 196 Valahassa Jataka by C. II: Book II. This was composed in the early 17th century with the narrative description of the animistic life in Tibet from an ape and a rakshasi and the description of the linage of the ruling king ending Sronbtsan sgam-po and the further history of the country to the time of the writer. Rouse. 196. 196 Valahassa Jataka Page 90-92).Tibetan version. the divine lord is believed to get rescue the group of five hundred merchant in the form of a white flying horse.B. Varma) 3) The Valahassa Jataka .H.(Indonesian version) Once upon a time.503-511. (A Jataka Tale from the Tibetan: by H. pp. Only two hundred fifty members followed the chief and they were being helped by the white flying horse to cross the ocean. The name of the island is mentioned as Singhala and the group of five hundred merchants from India being rescued from the Rakshasis by Lord Avalokiteswora in the form of flying horse Balaha. Avalokiteswora.

The Goblin City page 164/166) 6) Jataka Tale from The Tibet by H. Professor Siegfried Lienhard also did mention about this Scroll painting in his paper ―A Nepalese painted Scroll Illustrating the Simhalavadan‖ (Nepalica 4 Sankt 49-53 Editors Prof. First published in 1895-1907 under the title . proceedings of an an Int‘l. Wenzel (The Goblin City. 27 | P a g e . Varma and A Jataka-Tale from the Tibetan by H. Published in the Heritage of Kathmandu Valley.B. Berlin.Gulschow & A.55 meter wide with 80 frames each with the legend / story of Simshartha Bahu (Text in Nepali Script & the language Newari) from the collection of Museum of Indian Art. B. N.44 meter long and 0. volumes 1 . Among the finest are a vast panel depicting Simhala‘s shipwreck and encounter with a man-eating ogress and also of a lady admiring herself as she gazes intently into a mirror. 503—511) 5) Goblin City (Jataka Story: the Flying White Horse) In the Jataka: Stories of the Buddha's Former Births. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland page 503-511) 7) Jataka Story from Ajanta Cave Cave 17 has the largest number of paintings in its premises.3.Sankt. 8) The adventure of the Merchant Simhala is also mentioned by Professor Siegfried Lienhard with a description of a long scroll Painting 11. Cowell. Augustine VGH Wissenschaflaverlage Page 51-53). (The Cave Temples of India by James Fergusson and James Burgess 1895 and Ajanta and Ellora: Cave Temples of Ancient India Pushpesh Pant) . Conference in Lubec June 1985) 9) Indonesian Valahassa Jataka . Micheals . Ceylon is mentioned as the Goblin City and the leader of the group of merchant is mentioned as Simhala who was the only member able to get back to the other shore (The Jataka: Stories of the Buddha's Former Births edited by E.Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha by C. Wenzel (The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland pp.

Todd T. Next morning he spoke to his friends flee because they were being under the captive of the yakhsa. The abode of rakshasis is mentioned as Tamradvipa and Simhala was able to escape from the island on a magic white horse living behind all other members under the captive of the Rakshasis. Simhala was selected as the leader of the group of five hundred merchants who were on a sea-voyage. killing several men there and prey on them.D. Professor Todd Lewis in his article published in the Journal of Religion mention about a stupa in Lhasa known as Simsharthabahu Chorten and a shrine in Jokhang dedicated to his wife' that Newar traders honor as the 28 | P a g e . . there is a town called Sirisavatthu inhabited by the yakhsa women. The story ends with the story of Bodhisattva born into the world as a white horse flying from Himalayas to Ceylon and two hundred and fifty merchant as the disciple of the Buddha. Later in the evening. during the period of king Simhakesari from Simhakalpa a son named Simhala was born to a wealthy merchant Simhaka. when their husband was asleep. All five hundred merchants were rescued by five hundred yakhsa and they were living as husband and wife. son of the Merchant Simhaka from the town of Simhakalpa in Jambudvipa. Two hundred merchant followed their leader and were helped by white flying horse to cross the ocean. (Page 135-160) In Simhala Avadana it is mentioned. in the island of Ceylon (Tambapaṇṇidipa). Dissertation. Dissertation. 1984). Five hundred merchant‘s ship wrecked near the town of yaksha woman. In Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal: Narratives and Rituals in a Newar Merchant Community (Columbia University: Ph.D. Lewis mentions the name of the leader of the group of the merchant leading to Lhasa as Simhalasarthabahu. When the head Yakhsa came back the leader merchant noticed her body cold so he thought her to be a yakhsa. the yakhsa went to the house of torture. 10) Simhalasarthabahu Avadana Todd T.Once upon a time. Lewis in his Ph. Newar-Tibetan Trade and the Domestication of "Simhala sarthabahu Avadana" mention about Simhala Sarthabahu as the leader of the five hundred merchants.

some notes on the culture identity of Kathmandu valley in Nepali p.. Most of the prominent Newar viharas have temples dedicated to her (Ajima). Thesis Cardiff University 2004) b) The story of the Horse king and the Merchant Simhala in Buddhist text . Phil. Kathmandu Upatyakaka kehi sanskritic chhirka mirka 2047. The main image of Bhagwan Bahal known as Garujuju or Garud Bhagwan.Phil. Naomi Appleton: a) Seduced by Sansara saved by a flying horse: A study of the Asvaraja and Simhala Stories (M. a Newar Buddhist family from Thambahi is different than the Jataka Tales. source History of Religions. The small shrine outside the Bikramshila Mahavihar. This is how Simhala the leader of the Caravan got a new name Simhala Sarthabaha (also called upon as Simhsartha bahu). is believed to be the image of Simhsarthabahu. Thesis Oxford University 2008) Simhala Sarthabaha Sarthabaha is used to identify the leader of the merchants. Vol. 72) In Newar Buddhist traditions Ajima is known as child eating carnivorous Rakhishi being converted to Buddhism by Lord Buddha and is given the duty to take care of the children.2006 page 187-201 c) Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism (D. The Poubha (Wilampau. But the story popular among Pradhan. Thambahi is dedicated to the raksasi wife of Simhala Sarthabaha known as Jatika Ajima. published by the University of Chicago Press 1993) . (Garuda meaning the chief of the Army who is able to handle the war and Juju the king see Pradhan. in some of the early texts as well as in the poem from Kalidasa in the early 11th century. 2.form of Jatika Ajima (Newar-Tibetan Trade and the Domestication of Simhala Sarthabaha Avadan. he became the leader or say chief of the Army so got a new name Garuda and once he became the king again called Garudjuju. 11) Dr. page 150. and Scroll painting) being displayed in the main court of 29 | P a g e .Buddhist studies Review 23/2 . Bhuvan Lal.33 No. Thangka painting. After all royal family being killed.

The Legendary story of the Lhasa Caravan A copy of ancient wall hanging (Poubha. All members of the caravan were busy doing business and were enjoying with the young ladies as their wife. dating back to the 11th century. as Sarthabaha is called for the leader of the group of merchant. as their leader. (Puma Harsha Bajracarya. While crossing river the river they encountered an accident and were being rescued by five hundred young and exceptionally beautiful ladies. this is how he got a new name Simhala Sarthabaha. Scroll painting) narrating the story of the legendary caravan to Lhasa is being displayed in the main courtyard of Bhagwan Bahal during the festival of the holy month Gunla the ninth months according to the Nepali Lunar Calendar. One day Simhala Sarthabaha was given the sight of Lord Avalokiteshwora (Karunamaya) while in meditation and worship. where they used to throw the skeletons. 1979: 62-64). Indologica Taurinensia 7. The hero of the story is regarded as a bodhisattva and a large gilded image of him is enshrined in one of the Kathmandu's oldest Buddhist temples in Thambahi. a merchant with rich knowledge. In the dream the Devin Lord Avalokiteshwora told him that they are being under captive of the devils (The man eater) and told him to leave the city as soon as possible as it was a bewitched Island.Thamel. Thangka painting. they did not thought of returning back home. Than Bahil: An Ancient Centre for Sanskrit Study. Wilampau. The group did selected Simhala. Simhala sarthabaha used to worship the family God Avalokiteshvara (Karunamaya) daily. a group of five hundred young businessmen left for a caravan to Lhasa. being led by Simhala Sarthabaha. According to the legend (a non-historical or unverified story). Walking through dense forest they came across river Brahmaputra. He was instructed to go to the north side of the city to check a big compound surrounded by tall walls like a well. 30 | P a g e . during the holy months of Gunlaa narrates the legendary story of the Voyage to Lhasa.

They were flying across the river and started laminating and requesting them to return back home. wife of Simhala Sarthabaha followed him and disguised as a young and exceptionally beautiful lady came to the court with a baby on her lap claiming herself to be the wife of Simhala Sarthabaha. and did not forget to enchant the Mantra of Triratna. He was able to get convinced his friends about the instruction of the divine Lord and made a plan to live the bewitched land as soon as possible. The king then kept her in the palace as he was attracted with the exceptional beauty of the lady. In the middle of the night she called all her companions and started killing the members of the Royal family and the staff. He made the plan to get an escape from the evil eyes of the damsels whom they mistakenly thought of their beloved wives. where they were not forbidden to visit. Simhala Sarthabaha did worship the divine Lord and a flying horse appeared. Next day when the palace door did not opened Simhala Sarthabaha entered the palace climbing through a ladder. He could not found any of the Royal family members in the palace as all 31 | P a g e . Simhala Sarthabaha was the only person who did not look behind. He went there and was able to climb a tree. He got convinced himself about the dream after visiting the northern side of the city. They left their home in the middle of the night when their wives were fast asleep and came close to the Brahmaputra River. so was able to get back home leaving behind all his friends under the captive of the wretched women (she devil). Simhala Sarthabaha did try to convince the king that she is a man eater and denied to accept them as his wife and son. When the she devils wok up. All members except Simhala Sarthabaha looked behind and were under the captive of the she devils and were taken back to the other side of the river. The horse instructed all them to get a ride and warned them not to look behind while crossing the river and enchant the Triratna Mantra.Avalokiteshwora also did promise to help them cross the river. they could not find the young merchants sleeping next to them. He was no more able to find anybody but the human skeleton scattered all over the palace court yard. and saw lots of human skeletons behind the tall walls. The chief devil.

She spoke to have the first one thinking herself as senior so this is how she got the sticky water (Jati). This is how even today the sticky water (Jati) is being poured to the image of Jatika Ajima. She was then asked which portion of the rice she wants to have.were being killed and eaten by the she devils. the protector Goddess (Jatika Ajima). His wife also is honored as a divine god Ajima. 2047. (Pradhan. Kathmandu Upatyeka ka Chirka Mirka. before reaching the rice bowl to Garud Bhagwan. before reaching the rice bowl to Garud Bhagwan. After being pardoned from her life she is being ordered to make a solemn vow to protect the entire community and in return she also made a proposal to protect the community least there be no opening in the roof top of the buildings. Later on with his spiritual power and intellectual knowledge. with the wealth he earned from Lhasa (the traders usually bring Gold from Tibet).the first. middle or the last. This is how he got a new name Garud literally meaning army chief and later on was able to become the king and called Garudjuju. 32 | P a g e . Later on being the chief of the army was able to become the king and got coroneted to the thrown so called Garud juju. Simhala Sarthabaha was nominated as the leader of the community as all members of the Royal family were killed by the she devil. she also made a proposal least there be no openings in the rooftops of the buildings. This is why even today the Pradhans from the locality do not have open rooftops in their houses. Page 82) Simhala Sarthabaha donated land and is believed to have established Thambahi in his home town. Bhuban Lal. This is why even today the Pradhans from this locality do not have open roof-tops in their houses. She has made a vow to protect the entire community. Even these days the sticky water (Jati) is being poured to the image of Ajima (Jatika Ajima). With the Devin sword he is believed to have killed all the Dankinis except his wife who did beg pardon for her life. he gained popularity as a form of Divine God – Dipankara Garud Bhagwan. He found the human skeletons scattered around the palace and saw the she devils sleeping around the courtyard.

scroll painting. page 135-160 (Tib-Trade and Domestication of Simhalsarth Avadan) Garuda Bhagwan (Garudjuju) Sartha Baha is used to identify the leader of the merchants. History of Religion volume 33 no. Even today Pradhans from Thambahi do not visit Lhasa as they believe themselves the descendant of Simhala Sarthabaha because they are scared of being attracted by the she devils as revenge. is believed to be the image of Simhala Sarthabaha. traditional clothing‘s are displayed in the courtyard of Buddhist shrines Baha and Bahi and is called Baidyah Boayagu.44 meter long and 0. Berlin (Heritage of the Kathmandu Valley: Preceding of an Int‘l Conference in Lubek. Wilampau). Images of Dipankar. A copy of ancient wall hanging being displayed in the main court of Thamel. in some of the early texts as well as in the poem from Kalidasa in the early 11th century. Baidyo Boayagu The ninth months of Lunar calendar (it starts from the dark moon night of Festival of light) so called GUNLAA is being celebrated as the holy month by the Newar Buddhist community in Kathmandu Valley. Professor Siegfried Lienhard did published an article introducing a painting 11. During this festival antiques. 33 | P a g e . during the holy months of Gunlaa narrates the legendary story of the Voyage to Lhasa.Chicago Journal.The main image of Bhagwan Bahal which is known as Garujuju or Garud Bhagwan. June 1985 edited by Niels Gutschow and Ayiel Michaels. images of different God and Goddess. Professor Todd Lewis also published a paper on the localization of Simhalasarthabahu Avadana .55 meter wide with 80 frames each with legend story text in Nepali script and the language Newari illustrating the Simhala avadan from the collection of The Museum of Indisan Art. November 1993. 1987 page 49-53). being leaded by Simhala Sarthabaha. Nepalica 4 Sankt. Paubha paintings (Thanka painting.2.

After all royal family was killed he became the leader or say chief of the Army so got a new name Garuda and once he became the king again called Garudjuju. Simhala Sarthabaha is mentioned as one of the previous life of Buddha in the 16th chapter of Gunakarandavyaha. who believe themselves as the descendants of Simhala Sarthabaha. most of his time was spent in Thambahi but he did not mentioned about Garud Bhagwan and Prajnaparamita. The monastery in Itubahal is believed to have established by Bhashkardeva (NS 165-167 / 1045-1047 AD) and later on got renovated by Kesh Chandra brother in law of Simhsarthabahu (Bhaskardeva sanskarita Kesh Chandra krita parabrata Mahavihar from the stone inscription of Itumbahal). In one of the chronological history (Bansabali) from Kaiser Library the story of Lhasa caravan was mentioned during the reign of King Gunakamadeva (NS 107-110/ 987-990 AD) and in some writings he is mentioned as to belong to the period of Singhketu descendent of Gunakamadeva. Simhala Sarthabaha is believed to have established Bhagwan Bahal and the entire daily rituals and activities during the festival are being controlled by the Pradhan family from Thamel. is believed to be the image of Simhala Sarthabaha. 72). We can thus conclude that Simhala Sarthabaha belong to a period after Bhashkardeva (NS 165-167 / 1045-1047 AD) or after Kalidasa (early 11th century) 34 | P a g e . Kathmandu Upatyakaka kehi sanskritic chhirka mirka -some notes on the culture identity of Kathmandu valley in Nepali p. Bhuvan Lal. The main image of the Bhagwan Bahal is known as Garujuju or Garud Bhagwan. This is how Simhala the leader of the Caravan got a new name Simhala Sarthabaha later called upon as Simhala Sarthabaha. during the holy months of Gunlaa narrates the legendary story of the Voyage to Lhasa.The Poubha (scroll painting) being displayed in the main court of Thamel. 2047. being led by Simhala Sarthabaha. (Pradhan. Atisha the renowned scholar from Vikramshila Vihar did spent one year (1041/42 AD) in Nepal before departing to Tibet.

Tsongpon meaning Leader of Traders.Simhala Sarthabaha is believed to have established Bhagwan Bahal and the entire daily rituals and activities during the festival are being controlled by the Pradhan family from Thambahi. Both Simhala Sarthabaha is given equal honor as the form of Devin God by the Tibetan people calling him the Jewel Trader Bhagwan (Chhong Nurbu Saange or Tsongpon Norbu Sangpo . the rakshasis devoured them. who believe themselves as the descendants of Simhala Sarthabaha. They do not visit Lhasa as they were scared of getting revenge by the she-devil from Lhasa. (Newar Tibetain Trade and the Domestication page 152) Simhala Avadana (The Story of the Horse-King. and the Merchant Simhala in Buddhist Texts) by Naomi Appleton Once upon a time a wealthy merchant named Simhaka used to live in the capital city of Simhakalpa ruled by king Simhakesari. Simhaka named him Simhala. There is a chorten (Temple) in Zhugong near Lhasa called Simhsarthabahu Chorten and a shrine of his wife in Jokhang that contain the image of his wife. When all his friends were thus drugged to sleep. made love to him and they lived as husband and wife. all the rakshasis took beautiful female forms and entertained the merchants. Simhala Sarthabaha is believed to be the first merchant to establish trade in Tibet. After visiting many places the merchants sold all their goods and made huge profits. After finishing his education. fed him. On their way back they reached a place called Tamradvipa. Simhaka was afraid of losing his beloved son and was not willing to send him for the voyage. This place was the abode of rakshasis. Nurbu meaning Jewel and Saange or Sangpo meaning Bhagwan).Chhong meaning Trader. The rakshasi entrusted with the task 35 | P a g e . Each rakshasi took one of his friends home. he asked his father for permission to go away on a sea-voyage. They all took with them abundant merchandise. Simhala left Simhakalpa in the company of five hundred merchants. On seeing the merchants. When his wife gave birth to a beautiful son.

He blamed Simhala for not accepting the innocent girl. While crossing the ocean the ship encountered an accident. the rakshasi went to the palace claiming her as the wife of Simhala and the child as his son. he raised a powerful army and invaded Tamradvipa. She told Simhala's father the same old story. The king of Simhakalpa. The rakshasi in the form of a very beautiful young lady followed him. She promptly fell at his feet and said I am the daughter of the king of Tamradvipa and was married to Simhala. She then invited her rakshasi friends to come and join in the feast. On assuming the throne. Simhala then revealed the true nature of the innocent young girl. She came to the house of Simhala with a very handsome child. The crown was then offered to Simhala who accepted it on the condition that the people would obey him without question. He left me as he thought me to be inauspicious. Simhala then told him that she was a rakshasi. The ministers and the people decided to offer the crown to Simhala. The rakshasi followed him there also. The rakshasis entered the palace and started killing the king and his family. 36 | P a g e . Then he searched the entire palace but could not find any of the royal family members. From Tamradvipa. The merchant was impressed by her story and promised to help her. Simhala told the king who she was and requested him to expel her. After being denied by Simhala. Simhala entered the palace climbing through a ladder. Simhala then escaped from the island on a magic white horse. When Simhala came back home. greatly resembling Simhala. But the king was attracted by her beauty and kept her in the palace. Simhakesari ordered Simhala to accept her as his wife. she was giving them so may. When king Simhala with his army marched upon . She met a merchant from Madhya Desa.of devouring Simhala fled when he took out his sword. Simhala came to Jambudvipa. his parents requested him to forgive his wife. She told them that they should stop claim over Simhala instead of giving them one. During diner the rakshasi mixed sleeping doses everyone including the king felt asleep. From Jambudvipa Simhala returned to Simhakalpa. In the morning people saw vulture‘s rooming around the place.

The island was then colonized by Simhala and was called Simhaladvipa after him. the rakshasis surrendered to him and agreed to leave the island. The monastery in Itubahal is believed to have established by Bhashkardeva (NS 165-167 / 1045-1047 AD) and later on got renovated by Kesh Chandra brother in law of Simhala Sarthabaha. most of his time was spent in Thambahi but he did not mentioned about Garud Bhagwan nor the Holy Sahashra Prajnaparamita manuscript from Bikramshila Mahabihar. 2. USA also published a paper on the localization of Simhala Sarthabaha Avadana.Tamradvipa. 1993. volume 33 no. (Bhaskardeva sanskarita Kesh Chandra krita parabrata Mahavihar from the stone inscription of Itumbahal) We can thus conclude that Simhala Sarthabaha belong to late 11th Century a period after Kalidasa (early 11th century) or Atisa (1041 AD) and Bhashkardeva. Professor Todd Lewis of the college of Holy Cross in Massachusetts. (1047 AD) 37 | P a g e . (Tibet Trade and Domestication of Simhalasarth Avadan Chicago Journal. the legendary story of Lhasa Caravan being leaded by Simhala Sarthabaha. History of Religion. Conclusion The Jataka Tale definitely speak of the story of the Divine Lord Avalokiteshwora as a white flying horse and the help rescue of the five hundred merchants but the name of the Globin City populated by the man eating ogresses is still not clear – Is it Lhasa or Ceylon (Sri Lanka)? Gunakarandavyuha and Simhala Sarthabaha Avadan and the legendary story narrated in the scroll painting from Thambahi along with the image of Garuda Bhagwan has a strong support to identify the name of the Globin City to be Lhasa not Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Simhala Sarthabaha as the leader of the legendary Lhasa voyage. Thambahi. page 135-160) Atisa the renowned scholar from Vikramshila Vihar did spent one year (1041/42 AD) in Nepal before departing to Tibet.

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